This “Geodesic Teepee” starts with ten edges of an icosahedron. These ten edges define a “belt” around this Platonic solid.

The Golden Proportion is evident along the long pole edges and the Golden triangles.

The well-known structural engineer Jack Christiansen took and interest in this structure. He performed several structural analyses upon the shape and found it to be extremely strong. With a computer program he subjected the form to an overall extreme wind. It had very little deformation. He also simulated the even more challenging wind on just one side. Again there was very little deformation. Jack was impressed by the strength of the structure under these conditions. Images from his SWRB Consulting Engineers (Skilling, Ward, Rogers, Barkshire Inc.) Consulting Engineers analysis may be found below.

Geodesic Teepee

Icosahedron

Icosahedron

The icosahedron is one of the five regular Platonic Solids. Only the Platonic Solids have identical Faces, Edges and Solid Angles (corners).

SWRB Drawings

Elevation View

Geodesic Teepee

Plan View

Geodesic Teepee

Perspective View

Geodesic Teepee

Analysis View

Geodesic Teepee